Pebble Bay Unveils PowerPC LynxOS 5 RTOS for GE Fanuc Quad PPC8641D SBC

Pebble Bay, the independent embedded software consultancy, has announced the industry’s first commercial realisation of the LynxOS 5.0 RTOS for PowerPC, with a fully supported Board Support Package (BSP) developed for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. The robust, complex and high-performance BSP enables GE Fanuc’s quad-8641D based DSP220 and DSP230 military single board computers.

Working closely with LynuxWorks and GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms through early releases of both hardware and RTOS, Pebble Bay was able to provide a timely release of the BSP within pre-contracted and agreed boundaries. The BSP was delivered fully tested, on time and within budget.

“Being first to come out with LynxOS 5.0 support for our flagship products was extremely important for us – and having the necessary BSP in place was vital to us achieving that goal,” said Ian Jones, Software Engineering Manager, Multiprocessing & Networking Group at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “This is our third significant project which Pebble Bay has successfully delivered. We’ve enjoyed the added benefit of their broad market knowledge and technical experience.”

“We’re pleased to have Pebble Bay as part of our SynergyWorks alliance network. Together our two companies have proven an ability to present an effective solution based on LynuxWorks products to the EMEA region,” said Steve Blackman, Director of Business Development, LynuxWorks.

“Once again, we’ve gladly delivered against each challenge presented to us by our customers,” said Nick McNamara, Commercial Director for Pebble Bay. “We’re delighted to be involved with GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms and look forward to many more exciting projects.”

The foundation layer of code in the BSP supports all peripheral parts of the hardware including: four Freescale MPC8641D processors, eight banks of DDR2 SDRAM providing up to 8 GBytes total, Tundra Serial RapidIO fabric to all nodes, eight serial ports, single XMC site with SRIO support, VME 2eSST interface, node management controller and GE Fanuc’s AXIS Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated software.

About Pebble Bay
Pebble Bay is an independent, privately-owned company that specialises in providing embedded consulting services. Engaging in analysis, development and maintenance programs, the company’s technology-agnostic position provides its core technical focus on real-time operating systems (RTOS), device drivers, BSPs and hardware/software interfacing based on both proprietary RTOS and open-source embedded Linux products. Serving digital consumer, telecoms, aerospace & defence and industrial control markets, the company’s model is to work with each customer to a bespoke predefined contract that clearly sets out the project deliverables, budget and timescales, enabling clients to have better cost control and clear visibility of the project expectations.

About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a joint venture between General Electric (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan. The company is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia with operating locations and regional offices throughout the United States and around the world. The company, which is part of GE Enterprise Solutions, is a global provider of hardware and software used in automation and embedded computing. Their products are employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing automation, defence, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace.